Myth: I’ll just have some minor surgery like my friend did, and then my hearing will be okay.
A lot of people know someone whose hearing got better after medical or surgical treatment. Yes, some types of hearing loss can be successfully treated through surgery, but unfortunately, this only applies to a small percentage of hearing loss cases.
Myth: I can hear well in one of my ears, but not as good in the other ear.
Most hearing loss patients who believe they can hear good in one ear and not the other, have hearing loss in both ears. When one ear is slightly better than the other, your bodies learns to favor that ear for the telephone, group conversations, and so forth, and it can seem that one ear is normal when it isn’t. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and about 90% of hearing loss patients are require hearing aids for both ears.
Myth: Hearing loss only affects old people and is merely a sign of getting old.
This statement has never been more untrue, especially with the increase in hearing loss in teens, which is mostly noise-induced hearing loss. Only about 35% of people with hearing loss are older than age 64. There are close to six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and more than one million are in school. The fact is that hearing loss can affect all age groups.
Myth: If I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me.
Only about 14% of doctors routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Also, since most people with hearing impairments hear well in quiet environments, such as a doctor’s office, it can be pretty hard for your doctor to recognize your hearing loss problem. You need a qualified hearing care professional, like an audiologist, to properly diagnose and treat your hearing loss.
Myth: My hearing loss is normal for my age.
No one should suffer from hearing loss, no matter how old you are. It is necessary to get your hearing tested regularly. You may not be able to completely regain your full hearing ability, but you can prevent you hearing loss from getting worse.
Myth: My hearing loss cannot be helped.
In the past, this may have been somewhat true, but with modern advances in technology, nearly 95% of people with a sensorineural hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids.